Speaker Ndugai to lead 48 MPs to cheer Stars in Egypt

19Jun 2019
Polycarp Machira
DODOMA
The Guardian
Speaker Ndugai to lead 48 MPs to cheer Stars in Egypt

NATIONAL Assembly Speaker Job Ndugai yesterday led a group of 48 Members of Parliament (MPs) travelling to Cairo, Egypt to cheer the national soccer team, Taifa Stars, in the African Cup of Nations (AFCON).

NATIONAL Assembly Speaker Job Ndugai.

Addressing the lawmakers here, Ndugai thanked the MPs who showed up to go Cairo, saying such patriotic gesture would up morale for the players to perform wonders in the continental competition.

He said the entourage has got the opportunities to, among others, tour the historical sites in the country besides watching the tournament.

“I urge you to continue praying for the national team as they play their first match,” he said.

Ndugai said also to be in the group is Peter Mollel, commonly known as Pierre Liquid.

“I will ensure that we are traveling along with Pierre Liquid,” said the speaker amid cheers from the floor.

In April this year, Pierre visited the parliament and the Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa promised that the government would get a slot for the celebrity to go and cheer the national team.

The speaker has constantly called on MPs to come out in large numbers to go and cheer the national team.

Last week he said preparations for the legislators to travel to the land of The Pharaoh’s to watch the African Cup of the Nations were at an advanced stage, noting that their presence when Taifa Star play will motivate the players to do better.

He said Prime Minister Majaliwa has confirmed being in the entourage, calling on all the lawmakers from different political divides to come together and cheer the national team.

“Let AFCON join us together and forget about political party affiliations and cheer our own young stars that have made it to the continental tournament,” he said.

Ndugai on a light touch observed that it would be strange if the official opposition leader in the parliament, Freeman Mbowe and the opposition chief whip will miss the trip while the government chief whip, Jennister Mhagama, has confirmed being in the team.

While clarifying on the totals cost, Speaker Ndugai said at least $ 1,500 per person is enough for travel and accommodation expenses. He reminded them that AFCON provides an opportunity for the lawmakers to tour the historic country.

“I would like to urge my fellow MPs to use the opportunity and tour the historic sites in Egypt, such as seeing the pyramids, among other things,” he added.

Taifa Stars will kick off its campaign in the AFCON against Senegal on June 23. They are also in Group C with Algeria and Kenya.